Random music news for Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Here’s why Apple Messages is better than WhatsUp. It surprised me, too. Now some music new for January 5, 2021.

  1. RIP producer Steve Brown. He worked with The Cult, Manic Street Preachers, Elton John, and more.
  2. RIP Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho. He died after some long-term health issues at age 41.
  3. I was on another podcast, this one hosted by Warren Weeks. Listen here.
  4. Another look back at 2020. Here are the top 100 acts on Canadian online radio. And here are the top 100 Canadian acts.
  5. These doctors came together virtually to perform a charity song. (Via Tom)
  6. A free taxi ride in exchange for a karaoke performance? Okay
  7. Jimmy Iovine sold his producer royalties to Hipgnosis for big $$$–so he can build a school.
  8. Here’s another look back on the life and death of the doomed Sid Vicious.
  9. Rapper MF Doom actually died two months ago. It was only this past week that his widow broke the news.
  10. Lil Reese accidentally left $20,000 in an Uber–and the driver returned it. Wait: How do you accidentally leave that kind of money behind?
  11. Music piracy is still a thing, but searches for sites offering illegal downloads were way down in 2020…
  12. …but these torrent sites still see a lot of traffic…
  13. …while listening to music streaming platforms was way up.
  14. Google is working on getting more Instagram and TikTok posts to show up in our searches.
  15. Randy Lennox is leaving his position as head of Bell Media. Here’s his exit interview.
  16. Tech terms that should be dropped in 2021.
  17. Saxquatch. You’re welcome. (Via Patrick)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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